I was supposed to publish this at the beginning of last month but never got the time to complete it then. me being lazy is not an excuse though.
After a very long time, I went back to my school. Though the feeling of belonging was very strong and it was like stepping back in time irrespective of the fact that the physical changes in all these years had been immense and quite prominent.
As I ventured further down the path, I stopped abruptly because my gaze had wandered to this huge poster that was titles “House Points” and I stood still, staring at it, for a number of seconds. It is not that the house system was new at my school, it is just that the points were never public. It was more of a class wise thing rather than school wise.
The first thing that came to my mind at that precise moment was that maybe we have started following the Hogwarts’ system without actually using rubies or emeralds.
Of course the names of our 4 houses are not Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw and Slytherin. The Houses in my school are not named for the founder of the school (Late Mrs. Parveen Kassim) rather they are names on people from history. Pakistan’s history.The Blue House is Sir Syed House. Named for Sir Syed Ahmed Khan. Sir Syed Ahmed Khan was an Indian Muslim philosopher and social activist of nineteenth century India. His notable ideas include Aligarh Movement, Aligarh Muslim University and the Two Nation Theory. The Green House is Iqbal House named for Dr. Allama Iqbal. Allama Iqbal was a philosopher, poet and politician in British India who is widely regarded as having inspired the Pakistan Movement. He is considered one of the most important figures in Urdu literature, with literary work in both the Urdu and Persian languages. The Red House is Faiz House named for Faiz Ahmed Faiz. Faiz Ahmed Faiz was an influential left-wing intellectual, revolutionary poet, and one of the most famous poets of the Urdu language from Pakistan. A notable member of the Progressive Writers’ Movement (PWM), Faiz was an avowed Marxist. Listed four times for the Nobel Prize in poetry, he received the Lenin Peace Prize by the Soviet Union in 1962. The Yellow House is Amir Khusro House named for Amir Khusro. Amir Khusro was a Sufi musician, great poet and scholar. A polymath an iconic figure in the cultural history of the Indian subcontinent. A mystic and a spiritual disciple of Nizamuddin Auliya of Delhi. Amīr Khusrow was not only a notable poet but also a prolific and seminal musician in the time of the Delhi Sultanate, being reputed to have invented both the the Sitar and the Tabla. He wrote poetry primarily in Persian, but also in Hindavi.
Oh, How much I miss my school.